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W.Va. landowners urged to sign up for gypsy moth suppression program


CHARLESTON, West Virginia — West Virginia agriculture officials are urging landowners to sign up for a gypsy moth suppression program.

Quentin "Butch" Sayers with the Department of Agriculture says the program can help protect West Virginia's forests.

Sayers says in a news release that gypsy moths feed on more than 500 species of trees and shrubs, including hardwoods.

The suppression program is available in 35 counties.

Landowners have until Aug. 31 to submit gypsy moth egg mass survey applications to the program.

A minimum 50 contiguous acres of wooded land is required to participate. Adjoining landowners can combine their properties to meet this requirement.

A seven-and-a-half minute topographic map or aerial photo with marked property boundaries also is required.

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